International Scholarship Program

Yanai Tadashi Foundation believes it is important to nurture globally aware leaders who can flourish in their individual fields, instigate social change and help create a better society for all.

Yanai Tadashi Foundation Scholarship aims to provide promising young people with leadership potential the opportunity to study at world-class universities in the United States. The scholarship enables recipients to mix with an internationally diverse student body to cultivate their entrepreneurial skills and enhance their global perspective, encouraging their development as future drivers of a better society.

Scholarship Overview

The scholarship is worth up to USD 70,000 per recipient per year, including a support grant of up to USD 10,000. It will cover tuition, books, insurance, room and board, and other expenses required for attendance.
The program also provides recipients with training before departure and get-togethers as well as mentor support during the studying abroad.
Four years of bachelor’s degree study
Eligible college/ university
Top 30 (or so) colleges/ universities in the United States
(Please see the latest guidelines for applicants for details.)
Number of recipients
About 20 people a year
Open application period
From mid-January to early February every year
Eligibility requirements
  1. Applicants must have the quality to use international insights in leading the way for a variety of fields and help develop Japanese society.
  2. Applicants must be Japanese citizens throughout the enrollment period and preferably Japanese resident at the time of application.
  3. Applicants must show the personal qualities and academic skills necessary to be admitted to the college/ university eligible for this scholarship program. Preferably aged 20 or below, expecting to graduate from a high school in September or later in the year preceding the year of application and enroll a college/ university in September of the year of application.
  4. Applicants preferably do not receive any other scholarship grants in Japan.

Please see the latest guidelines for applications for details of above requirements and other criteria.

How to apply
Please see the latest guidelines for applicants.

※The guidelines for applicants wishing to enroll a college/ university in September 2019 will be released around September 2018.

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Past scholarship winners

Enrolled in September 2017

Number of winners
26 applicants (7 male and 19 female applicants)
(19 applied from high schools in Japan, 7 from high schools outside of it)
Enrolled at
Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Yale University, Middlebury College, University of Chicago, Wesleyan University, Barnard College, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Carleton College, Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hamilton College, Harvey Mudd College, Minerva Schools, New York University, Northwestern University,University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Los Angeles,University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, Wellesley College

Enrolled in September 2018

Number of winners
18 applicants (8 male and 10 female applicants)
(13 applied from high schools in Japan, 5 from high schools outside of it)
Enrolled at
Brown University, Carleton College, Columbia University, Grinnell College,
Hamilton College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Middlebury College, Princeton University, Smith College, Stanford University, Swarthmore College,
Tufts University, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Diego,
Wesleyan University, Yale University

International scholarship program events

Please come back to check for upcoming international scholarship orientation and other events.

Yanai Tadashi Foundation supports the activities of the Ryugaku caravan for non-profit organization Global na Manabi no Community Ryugaku Fellowship. The Ryugaku caravan tours the schools and local governments across Japan, with a focus on regions with less information and access to studying abroad, to promote awareness on studying abroad. Information on the Ryugaku caravan tour will also be posted here when available.